When thinking about the Puma II it’s very important to remember its low price – which even drops to an effective £105 if you buy a GoOutdoors discount card at the same time (OEX is their home brand). That’s because in many ways it’s quite a difficult tent to love. It weighs an incredible 4.12kg, mainly thanks to its heavy and crude poles that are far from a joy to use in the all-too-ready-to-bunch-up sleeves, the zips have a tendency to catch in the overhanging fabric, the porches aren’t large, and the hooking mechanisms to attach the groundsheet and inner to the fly are quite tiresome compared to more advanced models. With that said, this is still a semi-geodesic (ie the poles overlap for extra stability) tent which uses solid weather-proof fabrics and can sleep two, possibly a tight three, people and keep them out of the wind and rain. For campsite use, for DofE and cadet teams who don’t mind carrying the weight and school groups too this is an absolute bargain.
VERDICT: The design may be heavy and clunky, but the price is superb for a semi-geodesic tent.
BEST FOR: Youth groups.
Review by Dan Aspel @